gadgets: October 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgSony have finally stopped producing cassette Walkmans, first launched in 1979 -- leaving many people wondering what took so long.

The Japanese tech giant have announced they released their last cassette-based Walkmans in April of this year, and that when they are sold, no more will be produced.

This mean that despite selling more than 200 million units, cassette Walkmans will join floppy discs on the 2010 technology scrapheap.

The cassette Walkman was first introduced in 1979 with the classic TPS-L2 and soon became a world-wide hit allowing people to listen to music on the move for the first time.

In addition to their new MP3 models, Sony will continue to sell CD and MiniDisc versions of Walkmans… for now… but really, how long can they have left?

People think nothing of holding a mobile phone to their mouth despite the fact most have more germs per square inch than doorknob or toilet seat.

But now - hoping this statistic will scare us - a device has been launched which promised to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria on phones and other gadgets.

The VIOlight is a £30 gadget cleaner which is said to decrease the number of E. coli, salmonella, listeria, and H1N1 virus germs on your phone.

It works by zapping your MP3 player, mobile phone or earbuds with a blue-violet light from a germicidal UV bulb for around three minutes.

However, we can see a problem, once our phones and other small gadgets are clean, how do we clean the germ infested bigger ones… like our new VIOlight?

The typical Brit now spends more than NINE HOURS every day fiddling with gadgets, it's been found.

Researchers discovered the average adult uses a computer for four hours a day, plus another hour and a half on a laptop.

In addition they will also surf the web, text and use email or social media on their smart phones for another 56 minutes each day.

Computer games take up another 38 minutes of the average day, while the same amount of time will be spent using an mp3 player.

The study also showed the average Brit spends 16 minutes switching channels on the television… when they can prise the remote from their partner.

People in Britain are so in love with their iPads, iPhones and other gadgets they experience sadness comparable to the break-up of a relationship when they stop working or are lost, it's been found.

A recent poll quizzed 3,000 people about their attitudes towards technology and found many experience a emotional relationship with it.

For example, 46% say they have similar feelings when buying a phone as when falling in love and 10% dream about a new gadget before getting it.

Over half claimed they also felt experience genuine emotional distress when tech breaks down and 10% admit they love their gadgets more than their partners.

This could explain the one in 20 who say they have been dumped due to loving technology a little too much.

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